SBU Joins Doctoral Degrees Without Borders

Program allows PhD candidates at NYC-area universities to take engineering courses across campuses

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Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is part of a new nine-campus initiative to allow doctoral students from engineering programs around the region to take courses at each other’s institutions without any additional tuition.  

The Inter-University Engineering Doctoral Consortium (IUEDC), led by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, encourages PhD students to complement their primary program by taking courses of interest offered at different schools, providing access to specialty instruction and expertise that may not be available at their home universities. Students should be able to enroll in courses at other member institutions beginning in Fall 2024.

“The IUEDC provides a wonderful opportunity for the students across our universities to leverage the best curricula and programs for their unique educational journey,” said Andrew Singer, dean of CEAS. “This collaboration will undoubtedly bring about a positive impact on not only the educational paths of our own students but will also enrich the talented pool of students on each of our campuses. We are proud to offer such an exceptional experience to our students and to partner with strong programs across the region.”

In addition to Stony Brook’s CEAS and NYU Tandon, IUEDC participants are: 

  • The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering (New York, NY)
  • Columbia Engineering (New York, NY) 
  • Cornell Tech (New York, NY)
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Engineering and Computing Sciences (Old Westbury, NY, and New York, NY) 
  • Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science (Princeton, NJ)
  • Rutgers University School of Engineering  (Piscataway, NJ)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of  Engineering and Science (Hoboken, NJ)

The consortium aims to give PhD candidates additional flexibility in what courses they take, and to increase the opportunity for collaboration and cooperation. 

“Doctoral students are exceptionally focused and often choose their field of study in order to work with a specific faculty member,” said Celia Marshik, dean of the Stony Brook Graduate School. “The consortium allows them to have access to a broader swath of courses across multiple universities, and increases the chances that they will have the networks and relationships in place to help address some of the pressing problems facing society. Stony Brook has participated in the Inter-university Doctoral Consortium for years, but until this point, engineering students have been excluded. I am thrilled to see the doors open for them.”

To participate, students must have completed at least one year at their primary institution, be in good academic standing, and get written approval from home and host institutions. Students will be responsible to their host institutions for any lab fees.  

About the Stony Brook College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University is reinventing the future of engineering education with paradigms designed to prepare students to work in the AI-driven economy of tomorrow. We are tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time with innovative approaches centered on new curricula and vertically integrated projects that bring together students from disciplines that include engineering, medicine, and the arts and humanities. Our world-class faculty are focused on educating the next generation of global innovators and entrepreneurs and on conducting research to improve the human condition and sustain humanity. Learn more at

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